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Free to State with Jonah Goldberg

Jamil Jafar directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which advocates for freedom of expression and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Under Jafar’s leadership, the Knight Institute has filed a previous lawsuit, undertaken interdisciplinary research initiatives, and become an influential voice in debates about freedom of expression and journalism in the digital age. Jafar previously served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on freedom of expression, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. Over his fifteen years at the ACLU, he has defended civil liberties cases in multiple appellate courts as well as the US Supreme Court and has testified multiple times before federal agencies and the US Congress. Jafar’s recent writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, and the Yale Law Journal Forum. He is the executive editor of Just Security, a national security blog, and his most recent book, The Drone Memos, was one of the Guardian’s “best books of 2016”. He graduated from Williams College, University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. Early in his legal career, he worked as a legal clerk for Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, then to Rt. presence. Beverly MacLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.

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